The Bible often uses familial terms. As believers in Christ, we are "children of God," and we are "brothers" and "sisters" with one another. While it's easy to think of our Church family as those who worship side-by-side with us on Sunday morning, Stoyko Petkov of Studio 865 in Bulgaria reminds us that our Church family actually exists all around the world, and he says we should be praying for our brothers and sisters in other countries. But don't just take Stoyko's word for it, here's what God's Word has to say about this topic:
"Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments." (1 John 5:1-2, NASB)
"With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints." (Ephesians 6:18, NASB)
So, as true believers in Jesus, we should naturally have a love for our fellow "children of God." Plus, as Christ's followers, we're called to be obedient children and "observe His commandments." What's one of those commandments? Praying "for all the saints." You see, Stoyko is exactly right!
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